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Bicycle Tour of Historic Arsenal Island

Rock Island, IL - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Mississippi River Project announces that the Visitor Center at Locks and Dam #15 is inviting guests to a bicycle tour of historic Arsenal Island. [Read More]
Published: Oct-18-14

Saylorville Lake Holloween Prowel

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announces the annual Halloween Prowl at the Saylorville Lake [Read More]
Published: Oct-08-14

T15 To Be Closed to All Traffic Beginning October 30

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A section of Highway T15 that crosses over the Red Rock Dam is projected to be closed to all traffic for about 10 to 12 weeks beginning October 30. This date could change due to future weather and lake conditions. The road closure is necessary while large construction equipment drills and constructs a large subsurface wall that will be tied into the existing dam structure. In order to complete this work the equipment will be positioned on T-15 making the road inaccessible to traffic until this phase of construction is completed. Missouri River Energy Services (MRES), which is building the project, will keep the public up to date about any changes in the road-closure date. A detour route will be established and signage will be in place to direct traffic in the area. The hydroelectric plant, when completed in 2018, will be capable of meeting the electricity needs of about 18,000 homes. “We know that this causes an inconvenience for daily traffic, but MRES and Ames Construction are doing everything we can to minimize disruptions to traffic during construction of this new hydroelectric facility,” said MRES Director of Member and Public Relations Bill Radio. MRES encourages people who are concerned about the road closure or interested in any aspects of the Red Rock Hydroelectric Project to visit the project’s website: www.redrockhydroproject.com. ### For more information, contact MRES Member and Public Relations Director Bill Radio, phone: 605-338-4042; e-mail: bill.radio@mrenergy.com. [Read More]
Published: Oct-07-14

3M Volunteers Expand Playscape at Lake Red Rock

On Saturday, September 27, staff from 3M in Knoxville and their families donated many hours of “sweat equity” to add new features to Lake Red Rock’s “Playscape,” a natural play area located along the north side of the lake. The Playscape is designed to spark children’s creativity in using natural features in their play. The outdoor experiences will hopefully build their love and appreciation of nature, increase their feeling of ownership of their environment, and become future stewards in protecting our natural resources. Last November, 3M awarded the Red Rock Lake Association a $30,000 EcoGrant to help expand the Playscape. The funds have been utilized to pay for building materials, a stipend for a Playscape Intern to offer programming throughout the summer months, environmental education materials, and other supplies. During this process, 3M also volunteered to help with the building effort. [Read More]
Published: Oct-07-14

Corps of Engineers to close T.J. O’Brien Lock for critical maintenance

ROCK ISLAND, Illinois – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District, announces navigation closures at the T.J. O’Brien Lock beginning November 3 in order to dewater the gate bays and perform critical maintenance to the infrastructure. Two closures are scheduled, each lasting 47 days. The first closure, which begins Nov. 3, will run through Dec. 19, 2014. The lock will then reopen until the second closure scheduled for Jan. 19 through March 6, 2015. [Read More]
Published: Sep-24-14

Corps of Engineers Awards Contract for Permanent Repairs at Marseilles Dam

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District, awarded a construction contract to perform permanent repairs to the Marseilles Dam in Marseilles, Ill. The contract, which totals about $18 million, was awarded to Massman Construction Company of Kansas City, Missouri. Onsite work is expected to begin in 2015. The repair work must be carefully staged to reduce flooding risk and is expected to complete in early 2017. [Read More]
Published: Sep-24-14

Corps of Engineers waives fees on National Public Lands Day, Sept. 27

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will waive day use fees at its more than 2,200 USACE-operated recreation areas nationwide in recognition of National Public Lands Day on Sept. 27. On this day, fees normally charged at boat launch ramps and swimming beaches will be waived. [Read More]
Published: Sep-24-14

North Overlook Picnic Area to Close

The North Overlook Picnic Area is closed to public use effective Monday, September 22, 2014 until further notice. This closure also closes the trailhead access to the Volksweg Trail at this location, and the North Overlook Hiking Trail. The assembly of a large crane, future hydromill assembly and staging of equipment has necessitated the closure for construction on the Red Rock Hydropower Project. [Read More]
Published: Sep-22-14

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers shares water safety tips for Labor Day holiday

(ROCK ISLAND, Ill.) — It’s almost time to say goodbye to summer. If you’ll be spending the weekend on or around the water this Labor Day, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers urges you to remember these safety tips. [Read More]
Published: Aug-28-14

Final Two Days of Locks and Dam #15 Tours

Rock Island, IL - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Mississippi River Project announces they will be offering the final two days of Locks and Dam #15 tours on Saturday August 23rd and 30th. These free tours are open to the public and will be offered at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. and will each last one hour. [Read More]
Published: Aug-19-14
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